April 2017

We have sprung into spring this year with a focus on revision for our Year 11s. This Easter break the school held revision sessions across all the core subjects as well as Drama, Health and Social Care and Art. I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff who gave up their time and to all the Year 11 students who took the opportunity to work towards success in their G.C.S.E.s.

It’ s exam fever as Year 10s are in the midst of their mock exams! School is buzzing with adrenalin! I feel a positive energy as I walk around our campus but also realise the stress that can be felt by our young students at this time. I can reassure all parents that our staff are on hand to support and guide all those who are feeling the pressure. No-one is alone in this process; all we can ask of our children is that they make full use of all our school has to offer and, with these tools, do their best.

Many other events are taking place. On Friday, 28th April, we have ‘A Night at the Races’ evening to help raise funds for a student trip to Tanzania. To follow on from this there will be a Family Fun Day , May 28th ,with a plethora of activities from arts and crafts to face painting! .Please find details on our website.

Our Year 9s have embarked on a ‘First Steps to Study’ trip to Bishop Grosseteste College this week. This is a programme aimed at students who would be the first in their family to attend Higher Education. It focuses on study skills and team building and gives them a taste of university life. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to see fresher’s week, a flavour of life away from home and a view of the course menu! Degree students will show them around the university campus which will no doubt inspire and raise the aspirations of all those who take part.

Also this week our Maths Department are calling upon all Year 7s and 8s to take part in Maths Challenges, huge fun and hugely beneficial…I might be tempted to join in myself! From Maths to Music, we have Music Showcase, round two, and rehearsals taking place for Bance, a transition programme using music and dance for primary students through to secondary school. To top off the week we have the sixth form ‘Wear a Hat to School Day’ to help raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.

Finally, I would like to wish our Year 13 student, Blake Gidley, good luck as tomorrow he is taking part in the Regional Gymnastic Championship Competition. He faces the gruelling parallel bars, rings, pommel horse and floor routine! To the rest of us, to all our parents and students, have a very good Bank Holiday weekend.